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Veteran Wellness Center

VETERAN WELLNESS CENTER

Virtual services available now - Facility opening 2021
6333 De Zavala Rd. | San Antonio, TX 78249 | [email protected] | 210-866-3860

WHO WE ARE

For Veterans, making wellness a priority helps create a positive, stable post-military life. Because creating and maintaining healthy habits after leaving the military can be hard, we’ve created the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center to provide a multitude of wellness services. From mental health to physical health to holistic health, this center will offer Veterans many services that will help them improve their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for their families, military dependents, and the care community.

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SERVING MILITARY CITY USA

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With Texas trailing only California in Veteran population, San Antonio is the ideal place to have a space where a variety of wellness services are provided. Centrally located on the Northwest side of Bexar County, the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center is situated in San Antonio’s Medical District area and is co-located with the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors.

CURRENT VIRTUAL SERVICES

Endeavors’ Veteran Wellness Center provides telehealth and in-person mental health services to Veterans with chronic long-term mental health needs (e.g., bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders) and their families.

Adding much-needed access to clients who have not received services in the past, a peer support specialist will provide support for those who need additional assistance to improve their quality of life. A unique approach to supporting this population, the peer support specialist will be available to provide encouragement, goal setting, and general recovery guidance to all clients on their path to wellness.

With a goal of addressing a gap in Veteran mental health care across Texas, this virtual wellness program offers long-term care for chronic conditions. Endeavors’ mental health services will also support the recovery of homeless Veteran populations.

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This program is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.

OPERATION PARENT STRONG

Endeavors offers a free 15 session virtual parenting enrichment program for parents who are interested in cultivating and understanding their parenting styles. This program is available to all Bexar County Veterans, active military parents and their family members with children aged 0-17 years old.

Operation Parent Strong follows the Nurturing Parenting curriculum which is part of a family-centered trauma-informed initiative
designed to build nurturing parenting skills.

The Nurturing Parenting Programs have several unique features that make the programs effective:

  • The Nurturing Programs are family-based interventions where parents and their children learn similar
    knowledge and skills for improving the quality of their lives.
  • Built in assessment strategies allow facilitators and parents to chart the course of their successes.
  • Families can attend virtual group-based programs, virtual home-based programs, or a combination of virtual
    group and virtual home-based sessions.
  • The flexibility within the structure of the programs allows facilitators to ensure the specific needs of
    families are being met.
  • The nurturing philosophy of non-violent parenting focuses on the development of empathy, self-worth,
    self-awareness, empowerment, discipline with dignity, appropriate family roles and age-appropriate
    expectations of children’s development.

For more information
email: [email protected]

WHO WE SERVE

Services are provided regardless of era of service, discharge status, or family member role.

  • All Veterans and any person who
    has served in the U.S. Armed Forces,
    including the National
    Guard and Reserves.
  • Veteran dependents and
    veteran surviving spouses

Through
wellness,
we empower.

The VWC delivers positive, supportive, and
integrated care all in one location to focus on
self-care and overall health that enhances daily choices for wellness. Driven by the vision to restore and improve quality of life, our Endeavors Wellness Model represents six principles of wellness.

  • MIND-BODYConnects physical fitness, medical, holistic treatments and mental
    health care
  • CONNECTEDNESSFostering a basic human need of togetherness with a targeted focus
    on decreasing isolation
  • SPIRITUALEmbracing the spiritual diversity to feed the deepest needs of oneself
  • ENVIRONMENTALEmbodied in the purposeful design and function of the overall goal of
    connecting with the natural world
  • ECONOMICViewed through the lens of social determinants of health and how
    inances impact overall wellness
  • KNOWLEDGECommon thread that enhances life and strengthens and supports health

OUR TEAM

DR. JILL PALMER, Acting Chief of Behavioral Health

Jill Palmer, a Navy Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and 2019 graduate of the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee with a research focus on Vet Read More

DR. JILL PALMER
Acting Chief of Behavioral Health

Jill Palmer, a Navy Veteran, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and 2019 graduate of the Doctor of Social Work program at the University of Tennessee with a research focus on Veterans, suicide prevention and quality of life. Dr. Palmer has nine years of leadership experience through both the Navy and the private sector. She has led teams of social workers, psychiatrists, and other personnel; provided program oversight for multiple programs; developed policies and procedures to implement evidence-based practices; and has managed program budgets. With over 16 years of experience as a licensed clinical social worker, she is experienced in treating trauma, depression and anxiety in children, families, Veterans, and active duty populations. Jill is passionate about leading healthy, productive, innovative teams.

MARGARITA OCHOA-SMITH, Director of Mental Health and Wellness

Joining Endeavors in 2020, Margarita Ochoa-Smith serves as the Director of Mental Health and Wellness for the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center. In addition to launching state Read More

MARGARITA OCHOA-SMITH
Director of Mental Health and Wellness

Joining Endeavors in 2020, Margarita Ochoa-Smith serves as the Director of Mental Health and Wellness for the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center. In addition to launching state-wide virtual care co-occurring services for VWC clients, Margarita will also oversee services that support and promote emotional freedom and transformational healing for clients.

With a desire to influence positive change, Margarita strives to afford individuals the opportunity to trust in their goodness while journeying through transformation and healing. Her extensive experience in behavioral health and leadership, coupled with a career spanning over 20 years, exhibits her commitment to improving the lives of the diverse and special populations involved in behavioral health and criminal justice.

Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree from Park University at the Fort Bliss, Texas campus and a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Colorado’s Adams State University, Margarita’s dedication to ongoing education extends beyond the university setting. Sharing years of experience in the accreditation process by JCAHO, CARF, and ACA, she is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor and a Licensed Proffesional Counserlor, is Board Certified in the state of Texas, and is an International Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), where she has earned reciprocity in multiple countries.

Previously working in both educational and correctional settings, Margarita has personally witnessed the immense ripple effect addiction and mental health has on children, families, communities, and countries. Demonstrating an ongoing dedication to serving those combating chronic behavioral health disorders locally, nationally, and internationally, she has created, developed, and launched programming for Jail Diversion, Residential Integrated Treatment, Specialty Courts, and Trauma-Informed Outpatient Co-Occurring Programs. Additionally, she has trained and mentored team members in methodologies and processes to ensure program success and appropriate client services, including the development of culturally competent and holistic programming. Further demonstrating her expertise, Margarita has served as an expert witness in a vehicular homicide trial.

Holding multiple leadership positions in El Paso, San Antonio, and Southern Colorado, Margarita has been instrumental in establishing the first Behavioral Health Treatment Court in Southern Colorado as well as the Medicine Bear Residential Program. Additionally, her clinical programming has helped form the first Integrated Residential Treatment Program for the homeless population in Bexar County.

Having the privilege of representing the United States by invitation of the Organization of American States (OAS) thru the Inter American Commission on Drug Abuse Control (CICAD) in Cuernavaca, Mexico and Cartagena, Colombia, Margarita has served as an international consultant, sharing her expertise in social re-integration of populations impacted by trauma, mental health disorders, addiction, and anti-social behaviors.

In her spare time, Margarita enjoys doing charity work throughout her community and is active in several local civic organizations, as well as an international organization dedicated to improving economic well-being and quality of life through a commitment to community services and literacy.

Margarita cherishes time with her family and enjoys nothing more than family and friends gathering to share good food, good music, and great storytelling.

Kimberly Anderson

Associate Director of Wellness
Kimberly Anderson
Associate Director of Wellness

As the Associate Director of Wellness, Kimberly Anderson acts as an advocate for wellness throughout the Endeavors organization. As a key part of her position, Kimberly helps to develop the Endeavors Wellness program both internally and for clients, equipping people with tools to enhance their own personal wellness. Additionally, Kimberly oversees all aspects of wellness for the Endeavors Veteran Wellness Center and facilitates three internal wellness events each week for Endeavors employees.
Kimberly entered into a career in public health and wellness well into her adult life. A spouse to a disabled veteran and the mother of a special needs child, she saw the need for education and advocacy in our healthcare system firsthand. Working on the development of the Veteran Wellness Center for over a year, and in her role since July 2020, Kimberly has a passion for wellness and for learning the best ways to stay healthy and heal difficult to treat conditions.
Kimberly holds a Bachelors Degree of Science in Public Health with a concentration in Epidemiology and Disease Control from UTSA and a financial wellness trainer certification from NWI. Additionally, she teaches Emotional Freedom Technique (also known as tapping) I 9.
In her spare time, Kimberly serves as president San Antonio PFLAG chapter. She also loves to read, spend time her friends, and enjoy the company of her husband of 23 years and their three children.

Jeremy Lynn

Lead Clinician
Jeremy Lynn
Lead Clinician

SERVICES TO BE OFFERED IN 2021

Wellness Education and
Supportive Services:

  • Support Groups
  • Client Educational Classes
  • Professional Development Trainings
  • Peer Support
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Drop-in Childcare

Physical Health:

  • Health Coaching & Screenings
  • Nutritional Support
  • Individual Exercise Equipment
  • Group Fitness
  • Individualized & Adaptive Personal
  • Training
  • Yoga
  • Tai Chi

Virtual Care via a Secure
Web-based Platform:

  • Counseling
  • Case Management
  • Health Coaching

Holistic Health:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Mindfulness & Meditation Classes
  • Functional Medicine Treatment

Collaborative:

  • Primary Health Care
  • Coordinated Dental Care
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy

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For Veterans, making wellness a priority helps create a positive, stable post-military life. Our Veteran Wellness Center helps them make that happen. From mental health to physical health to holistic health, with your donation, together we’ll ensure Veterans receive services that will improve their their quality of life, as well as the quality of life for their families, military dependents, and the care community.

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